FOR NEXT three months, city residents will have to pay more for using electricity. The electricity department has imposed a hike on the existing tariff from 10 paisa per unit up to 39 paisa per unit under different slabs and categories.
In the domestic category, for using more than 400 units, one will have to pay around Rs 200 more. As per the tariff order, the hike will reflect in bills to be issued for the period from August 1 to October 31. The hike has been imposed to recover fuel price and power purchase adjustment charges (FPPCA).
FPPCA is the difference of per unit actual cost of power purchase and per unit approved cost of power purchase. The charges are not applicable to agriculture category.
In the domestic category, consumers will have to pay additional 10 paisa per unit in the slab of 0-150 units while in the slab of 151-400 units, consumers will have to pay 18 paisa per unit more. In the slab above 400, the department has fixed FPPCA at 19 paisa per unit.
In the commercial category, consumers will have to pay 19 paisa, 21 paisa, 39 paisa per unit for using 0-150 units, 151-400 and above 400 units, respectively.
Consumers falling under the category of large supply connections will be charged 24 paisa per unit, while those using small power and medium supply connections will have to pay 24 and 20 paisa per unit. In the public lighting category, additional 21 paisa per unit will be charged, while in bulk supply, consumers will be charged 23 paisa per unit more.
UT superintending engineer M P Singh said that the hike had been imposed after taking approval of the Joint Electricity Regularity Commission (JERC). “The authorities concerned have been informed,” he said.
The electricity department caters to a total of 2.12 lakh consumers, of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category. Of the total, there is regular billing of around 94 per cent of consumers. Bills for domestic customers are generated bi-monthly while bills of commercial users are generated every month. Domestic consumers are divided into four groups of 50,000 each and pay bills in six cycles a year.